The Joint Care Coordinator will be responsible for your care needs from the from the surgeons office, to the hospital, and home. The Joint Care Coordinator will:
Obtain health database.
Review what you’ll need at home after your surgery, including support if required.
Coordinate your discharge plan to home or a facility with additional support.
Act as your advocate throughout the course of treatment from surgery to discharge.
Answer questions and coordinate your hospital care with Center for Joint Replacement team members.
Your Joint Replacement Team
Orthopedic Surgeon – The Orthopedic Surgeon is the skilled physician who will perform the procedure to repair your damaged joint.
Registered Nurse (RN) – Much of your care will be provided by a nurse responsible for your daily care. Your nurse will assure orders given by your physician are completed including medications and monitoring your vital signs.
Physical Therapist (PT) – The physical therapist will guide your return to functional daily activities. They will train you and your coach in safe transfer techniques, provide gait training and teach exercises designed to regain your strength and motion after surgery.
Occupational Therapist (OT) – The occupational therapist will guide you on performing daily tasks such as bathing and dressing with your new joint. They may demonstrate special equipment used in your home after you receive your replacement; including shower benches and rails and raised toilets.
Hospitalist – Hospitalist is the term used for doctors who are specialized in the care of patients in the hospital. Most hospitalists are board-certified internists (internal medicine physicians). Available throughout the day, hospitalists generally have more expertise in caring for complicated hospitalized patients on a daily basis. They are able to meet with family members, follow-up on tests, answer nurses’ questions, and simply to deal with problems that may arise.